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Windows 7: Which is the best way to remove McAfee from my new lappy?

06 Apr 2011   #11
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

My $0.02 worth.
First it is classified as a laptop, not a netbook as it is more powerful than most netbooks.

My recommendation would be to clean out the junk that comes with the laptop when you first get it, using
the recommened decrapify info.
Second. Don't spend the money buying an oem copy of windows 7 as you already have a copy on the machine your buying. Create the recovery as you said. This way you can recover from disaster. and besides, if you do decide to install an oem copy of windows 7, make sure that you download all the correct drivers BEFORE you go to install as they are necessary upon a re-install.
Removing the junk is really not that big a deal, but I do recommend getting a good AV for your system.

Rich


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06 Apr 2011   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Good call gregrocker. If the OP is still not happy they can always buy a OEM or Retail later.
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06 Apr 2011   #13
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
The best way is to just buy a full retail copy and install it. Various OEM licenses have all sorts of rubbish on them, and many restrictions. ( Missing functions, programs etc).........
Regards....Mike Connor
I already own licences for one Windows 7 Ultimate and two Windows 7 Home Premium all retail and all of which are used on my desktop and on two Zotac Mini PCs that came sans any operating system. Why would I buy one more and make Bill Gates richer?. May be he has to wait till Windows 8.

As I already indicated I will go for a reinstall only if I find I am not happy with their OEM install for one reason or the other and find that they have really "stolen" something out of the Windows 7 (missing functions, programs etc.,) which may not be true.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
......Why buy a retail copy of Win7 to reinstall a factory OEM computer which comes with a $100+ value license good for the life of the machine?........

.....Here are steps which have helped hundreds to get a perfect clean reinstall of factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7

Until you find an installer to do the reinstall, here are tips to clean up a factory bloatware install: Clean up factory bloatware
+1. Very correctly said. Even if I reinstall I will only use the OEM licence for which I have paid. Even if the COA is obliterated on the machine, I shall note down the product key by running Speccy (Oh ! you repped me for that ) and use it. My only concern was whether there will be any problems in activating it. Thanks to Bare Foot Kid who has mentioned that one may have to make a robo-call to MS to activate. (activation by phone). I would still like to hear from someone who has reinstalled like this and whether activation by phone was required or it went through as a normal activation.

The other point is about ei.cfg. I presume its removal is required only if one wants to get a universal Windows 7 installation media and not required if he already has the right version media. Right? ( In my case I already have the W7 Premium 64 bit media. Even otherwise I can download the right ISO with integrated SP1.)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
My $0.02 worth.
First it is classified as a laptop, not a netbook as it is more powerful than most netbooks.

My recommendation would be to clean out the junk that comes with the laptop when you first get it, using
the recommened decrapify info.
Second. Don't spend the money buying an oem copy of windows 7 as you already have a copy on the machine your buying. Create the recovery as you said. This way you can recover from disaster. and besides, if you do decide to install an oem copy of windows 7, make sure that you download all the correct drivers BEFORE you go to install as they are necessary upon a re-install.
Removing the junk is really not that big a deal, but I do recommend getting a good AV for your system.

Rich
Yep, this machine has made the dividing line between a netbook and a laptop even thinner. Thats why I mentioned it as a netbook/lappy. Surely, I am gravitating to your view-point. Thanks.

Just for the info, just a day or two before Dell has introduced a much more powerful netbook/lappy M102z with AMD Fusion. (C-50 APU(1Ghz)with Radeon HD 6250 graphics and E-350 APU (1.6GHz) with HD 6310 graphics).
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06 Apr 2011   #14
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Soon I will be receiving my DELL M101z netbook/lappy.

The first thing I would like to do after setting up Windows 7 (Home Premium 64 bit) will be to get rid off all the junk that comes loaded with it.

Now which is the best way to get rid of all the crap?

In particular, I would like to get rid of the pesky McAfee. Here I can follow the usual uninstallation from Programs and Features and then use the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR.exe) provided by McAfee.

The other method will be to use PC Decrapifier to remove it.

Which of these two will do the clean swipe best?
So it just could be as that simple...

-Install windows 7 as normal,
-Enter your session check all is running fine,
-Make your recovery disks before any actions,
-Keep your laptop up to date with all main drivers and Windows Update,
-Go straight after in Control Panel=>Programs and Features, and uninstall the Bloatwares you want to get rid off. (mc afee, ms office 2007 evaluation copy, games console...),
-Go grab antivirus MSE 2.0,
-Enjoy the trip!
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07 Apr 2011   #15
allend66

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

If you already have the same version disc that will be preinstalled on the new box you have no need to make the universal install iso. You shouldn't have any problems activating either - I speak from experience after a clean install. Once clicking 'Activate Now', there was a green progress bar that filled up slowly and completed without problem.

Decrapifier will do but it's not the best.
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07 Apr 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

What happens when you insert the Product Key from the COA sticker to activate is that it changes the activation status from OEM-SLP (mass activation at factory) to OEM-COA (individual key activation).

This normally doesn't even require a robocall since it keeps the same hardware signature but just changes the status mentioned.
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09 Apr 2011   #17
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks greg for the OEM-SLP to OEM-COA clarification.

So the final take on the issue shall be to use McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR.exe) to remove McAfee - Thanks to Capt. Jack Sparrow - followed by a manual registry search for anything McAfee and deleting those entries -thanks to Mike Connor for the manual removal suggestion.

For removing other crap, PC Decrapifier.

No activation problems anticipated with reinstall using the OEM-COA, if one wants to go that way for whatever reason, provided one has the right OS media.

Thanks to one and all who chipped in with valuable inputs.

Finally a hypothetical question to gregrocker - may be I am stretching it too far but just curious.

If after changing over to OEM-COA and on a later date, I restore the system to the factory image what sort of an activation scenario can one expect?
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09 Apr 2011   #18
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Thanks greg for the OEM-SLP to OEM-COA clarification.

So the final take on the issue shall be to use McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR.exe) to remove McAfee - Thanks to Capt. Jack Sparrow - followed by a manual registry search for anything McAfee and deleting those entries -thanks to Mike Connor for the manual removal suggestion.

For removing other crap, PC Decrapifier.

No activation problems anticipated with reinstall using the OEM-COA, if one wants to go that way for whatever reason, provided one has the right OS media.

Thanks to one and all who chipped in with valuable inputs.

Finally a hypothetical question to gregrocker - may be I am stretching it too far but just curious.

If after changing over to OEM-COA and on a later date, I restore the system to the factory image what sort of an activation scenario can one expect?
Wasn't adressed to me, but I will chip in anyway. Just did this on a Laptop this morning, not for the first time, and what you get is a load of C**p which takes half an age to get rid of, and often has restricted functionality.

Regards....Mike Connor
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09 Apr 2011   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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10 Apr 2011   #20
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks,whs, for the weblink. It should help others looking out for McAfee Security Center removal and it is always best to go by the instructions of the software author to the dot. In this case first uninstalling it through "Programs and Functions" and then employing the cleaning tool MCPR.exe.

And if one wants to proceed further with a manual deletion of any leftover McAfee registry entries ( regedit> Find McAfee), it is always prudent to save a copy of the registry first, by exporting it to a file.

I shall report further on this when I actually receive the laptop - hopefully by 14th inst. - and put my hands on it.
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